Travel around Bulgaria
Bulgaria has a well-developed network of public intercity bus transportation. Bus and coach services are provided to most settlements – both big cities and small villages. Larger cities have bus stations often next to railway stations. Tickets are available at the stations or on the bus.
The railroad network is also well developed. Trains for small railway stations are not very frequent, typically once a day. Tickets are available from the ticket desks at the railway stations. If you get on the train at small station without a ticket desk, you can buy your ticket from the ticket collector.
Rent-a-car services are provided in the big cities and resorts. The common practice is to pay a deposit plus some daily fee paid in advance. You will need to produce a driving license valid in Bulgaria (international driving license). The deposit is refunded upon return of the car provided the car has not been damaged.
Taxis are sufficient in number in the big cities, but there may be a shortage in some frequently visited tourist towns. Rates are paid per kilometer and they differ widely. For this reason passengers should look at the price list on the sticker placed on the screen. It is recommended to avoid hiring taxis at railway stations and airports because their prices are much higher. Always insist on the meter being switched on and do not accept a bargain price set in advance.